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MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017


Mon., June 19, 2017

Lessons as a child

Almost from birth, my parents told me there were two things I must never do. The first thing was to never lie. They said that under no circumstances should I think it is sometimes permissible to stretch the truth or that even an occasional white lie could be justified. It's simple, "You don't lie because once you tell something you know to be false, everything you say after can never be trusted to be the truth again."

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Radon levels and cancer

Shawn Vestal's excellent June 7 article concerning Spokane's cancer rates and causes was very informative and valuable. One potential cause of cancer, however, received little if any mention - that being the levels of radon in the Spokane area.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Sad snorkeling adventure

Whatever the cause is of global warming, the consequences are alarming to see up close. I just returned from a once-in-a-lifetime vacation where the shallow water coral is dead. Snorkeling at a remote UNESCO World Heritage dive site was like being dropped into a black and white movie: no color, no fish, no sea fans or scallops. The dolphins are gone. Incredibly depressing to see.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Service deaths underplayed

I am writing to express my anger at the editor's choice of what appears to minimize the sacrifices of American servicemen by reporting the death of three U.S. servicemen in Afghanistan on page 6 of the June 11 edition, and the choice of putting the article next to a picture of Moammar Gadhafi's son giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Test score discrimination

Mandatory testing tied to diplomas again raises its ugly head with too many students failing to pass the biology test. There are those who tests as a graduation requirement, saying it discriminates against some students, while others maintain testing holds schools, teachers and students accountable.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Thanks for AG's letter

I was interested to read the response to Sue Lani Madsen's column ("Public disclosure rules need fix", May 27) by Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Thanks for WWII articles

Thanks to Rachel Alexander for her fine Memorial Day article featuring World War II submariner Tom DePew at the Tolling of the Boats lost at sea. I have fond memories of singing the Navy hymn "Eternal Father" at Submarine Base Chapel at Pearl Harbor. The last verse was: "Bless those who serve beneath the deep/Through lonely hours their vigil keep/May peace their mission ever be/Protect each one we ask of Thee./ Bless those at home who wait and pray/For their return by night or day."

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Time for lie detectors

The Comey-Trump standoff is building as the American people standby waiting for the final outcome of who is telling the truth and who is not. Meanwhile, perhaps it might be appropriate at this time to bring in the American Polygraph Association to administer a polygraph or lie detector test. After all is said and done, how else might the American voters have a independent third party shine additional light on the current roiling political scene?

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Vets not promised gym

I left regular Army service in 1977 and went through out processing like everyone does. During this process we're informed of the benefits earned and other resources available. At no time was I guaranteed a free gym membership at any VA facility. These vets still protesting at the Spokane VA Medical Center were using the equipment in the Physical Therapy Unit (PT) as their personal gym. With the vets returning from the current overseas involvements and the aging Korea/Vietnam Era vets, the PT equipment is in more need than ever.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

What happened to the oldies?

A few years ago, Spokane enjoyed "Oldies but Goodies" music from the 40s and 50s on AM-1050. In 2016, that became a religious station, and transferred to AM-790 as "the greatest sounds in listening music". In 2017, that station turned to rock 'n' roll. The only music out there now is classical, religious, country, and rock 'n' roll -- nothing from the great era of the 40s, 50s and 60s.

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